Intervention Protocol

Paravertebral block versus thoracic epidural for patients undergoing thoracotomy

  1. Joyce HY Yeung2,
  2. Simon Gates3,
  3. Babu V Naidu4,
  4. Martin Leuwer5,
  5. Fang Gao Smith1,*

Editorial Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia Group

Published Online: 11 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009121


How to Cite

Yeung JHY, Gates S, Naidu BV, Leuwer M, Gao Smith F. Paravertebral block versus thoracic epidural for patients undergoing thoracotomy (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD009121. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009121.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain & Resuscitation, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Coventry, UK

  4. 4

    Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Birmingham, UK

  5. 5

    MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, University of Liverpool, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Liverpool, UK

*Fang Gao Smith, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain & Resuscitation, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, 1st Floor (MIDRU) Building, Bordersley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK. fang.gao@warwick.ac.uk.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 11 MAY 2011

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Abstract

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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

To compare the two regional techniques of thoracic epidural blockade (TEB) and paravertebral block (PVB) in adults undergoing elective thoracotomy with respect to:

  1. analgesic efficacy;      
  2. the incidence of major complications (including mortality);       
  3. the incidence of minor complications;    
  4. length of hospital stay;
  5. cost effectiveness.